Guidelines for Contributors & Reviewers
We invite you to read about the journal before submitting or reviewing to hold the ethos and objectives of the journal in mind.
Some things to hold in mind...
- This is a relationally oriented practice journal.
- It encourages learning from first person writing from within practice. Contributors and reviewers are expected to speak from within the first person.
- The focus on dynamic stabilities is an invitation to share descriptions of the aesthetic arts of movement, coordination, sound and so on.
- Find ways of including rich and reflexive discussion with other writers from systemic and other disciplines.
- Please write your paper, audio/visual piece or review with an audience in mind.
- Your audience is likely to be a friendly colleague with their own critically reflexive thinking but do explain all terms and reference well.
- This is a trans-professional journal so please explain the context for your subject or practice clearly.
- The journal has an international readership so not everyone will be familiar with the institutions or cultural practices in your community or country. Please explain terms and their contexts.
- Papers need to demonstrate critical thinking about the cultural and socio-political contexts in which practice is taking place.
- Please write dialogically and with an appreciative stance highlighting the strengths of what you are sharing but also writing honestly so your audience and contributors can work out what you are saying and why.
- Papers are normally between 3500 - 7000 words.
- Multimedia: Send the editors an email describing your submission and why you think it is suited to Murmurations. Include a Dropboxor WeTransfer
- Please submit your paper through the website.
- We will acknowledge receipt of your submission and send it to be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers.
- You will usually receive feedback within 8 weeks.
Writing a Review
Reviewers, please read 12 Steps to Writing a Review. Do suggest any amendments to this guidance.
- Accept with No Changes.
- Accept with Minor Revisions (e.g. some minor restructuring, typographical, grammatical, minor additional content needed)
- Accept with Major Revisions (e.g. significant restructuring, improvement in writing style, additional content, or critical thinking)
- Reject (with recommendation for alternative routes to sharing/publication if possible).
- Reviewers are invited to review a paper and need to accept or decline to review the paper.
- Accepted reviews sent to reviewer who has 6 weeks to review the paper and submit decision with feedback to Editors.
- Editors communicate decision and feedback to writers.
- Writers have 8 weeks to respond to feedback and resubmit.
- Reviewers may be asked to review the resubmission.
- Once the review process is complete, i) contributors receive a letter from the Editors informing them of the outcome; ii) the Editors send each reviewer a copy of the other reviewer's report and the Editor's decision letter.